Following the release of their second and self titled EP ‘Kill The Ideal’ on the 17th October 2017, Down The Front Media caught up with the band to see how things are going and what lies ahead for the Boston, UK based alt-rock trio.
Formed in 2015, Kill The Ideal released their debut EP Heritage, then two years later released their current EP, produced by Lower Than Atlantis guitarist Ben Samson. The lead track ‘Dangerous’ has been named as a Top Track of 2017 from Kick Out The Jams Live On SineFM radio, and the EP as a whole has met with glowing reviews.
Kill The Ideal are Ash Wilson on vocals and guitars, Luke Farmer on the bass guitar and Jordan Bell on drums. Together they bring together a fiercely catchy alt-rock sound, aggressive at times, coupled with mature and engaging lyrics that are definitely worth a listen to.
Here’s what the boys had to say about the EP and their future plans:
DTF: FOLLOWING THE RELEASE OF THE EP IN OCTOBER, HOW HAS THE RESPONSE BEEN FROM THE FANS?
KTI: The response has been seriously amazing! This EP has been a long time coming so to finally have it released and to hear the reaction is a really great feeling. We've been a little nervous building up to the release as this EP is slightly different to the first we released especially due to the fact we're now a 3-piece and not a 4. This being said the response has been great and we can't wait to get out on the road now and play these songs live!
DTF: ‘DANGEROUS’ HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS ONE OF THE TOP TRACKS OF 2017 BY SINEFM ALONGSIDE THE LIKES OF PVRIS, DON BROCO AND ARCHITECTS. HOW HAS THAT MADE YOU FEEL IN TERMS OF YOUR RECOGNITION AS A BAND?
KTI: Yeah! First of all for our track to be chosen as a 'Top track of 2017' is great, but to also be put into a category with some of our favourite bands and bands that actually inspired parts of our EP is a huge prize for us! We never imagined to be in a list alongside amazing bands like these so you can imagine we're feeling pretty chuffed!
DTF: WHEN WRITING THE EP, WHO WERE YOUR MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
KTI: Ash started writing the EP by experimenting with ideas and melodies which he then brought to us at the practice studio. There was never time in our mind when we thought that we wanted it to sound like a certain band or style. We just wanted to make music that we enjoyed. This being said we are big fans of the likes of Arcane Roots, Don Broco and Decade so there's elements of all these 3 artists in the EP.
DTF: AS WELL AS MUSICAL INFLUENCES, WHAT OTHER THINGS HAVE HELPED SHAPE YOUR SOUND AND THE LYRICAL CONTENT?
KTI: I think talking on behalf of Ash here lyrical the EP is a mixture of personal experiences and elements of what our band has been through together so far. It's a very honest and personal record which speaks about both positive and negative parts of our life. It also talks about demons we have battled and how we are in the best position we've been in so far!
DTF: PERSONALLY I REALLY LOVED THE EP, ESPECIALLY ‘CRAZY’ AND ‘MY LIFE’, SO WHEN IT COMES TO WRITING THE TRACKS IS THAT DONE AS A BAND OR IS IT JUST ONE OR TWO OF YOU THAT WRITES THE TRACKS?
KTI: Ash normally starts demoing and writing ideas which he then brings to us in the practice studio. Normally it starts with a melody that Ash has thought of or a riff idea that he brings to the table and then we experiment onwards. Sometimes a track will take a while to finally get to the end result but for others e.g. Crazy it happened pretty quick and we finished this track within a few sessions. It's great to hear you love My Life as this is our favourite track to play live!
DTF: BEN SAMSON FROM LOWER THAN ATLANTIS PRODUCED THIS EP WITH YOU, WHAT WAS IT LIKE WORKING WITH HIM?
KTI: It was a great experience working with Ben. To work in LTA's personal studio was really inspirational for us and I feel like this helps us produce the record. Ben had a great ear and we both shared the same vision on the style and structure of the EP. He also helped with the production side of things. This was the first time we have experimented with other elements including keys, gang vocals, pads etc and I feel like this is what sets this EP apart from our first!
DTF: KILL THE IDEAL… WHERE DID THE NAME FOR THE BAND COME FROM? AND WHAT WAS THE CATALYST FOR FORMING THE BAND
KTI: The name originally came to Ash when we was studying at university (He was obviously very interested in that particular class). As a band we are really keen to make this our full life. We want to take the band as far as possible, visit as many places as possible and to make as many friends through our tunes as we can! We want Kill The Ideal to be an outlet for people that have had demons in their life that we can relate to. We want them to come to our shows and forget all the bad stuff that's going on in their personal life!
DTF: WHO ARE KILL THE IDEAL LISTENING TO AT THE MOMENT? WHO IS ON THE BAND PLAYLIST?
KTI: Loads of bands! 2017 has been seriously good for UK music. ATM though the likes of The Xcerts, Don Broco, Normandie, Paramore and Boston Manor.
DTF: WHAT’S ON THE HORIZON FOR THE BAND? ARE THERE ANY FESTIVAL ANNOUNCEMENTS COMING SOON AND WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2018?
KTI: We're really excited for 2018 and have just announced our first run of UK dates with Echoic in March. We plan to play as many shows and festival as possible to spread the word of our new record. We have a lot already planned which we can't quite mention yet. We also plan of keeping momentum high with writing more new material so that people don't get a chance to forget us!
Check KILL THE IDEAL out on their Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KillTheIdeal/